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Mike Tomlin Not Happy With Special Teams Play Of Steelers CB Curtis Brown


Pittsburgh Steelers third-year cornerback Curtis Brown hasn't lived up to expectations as a defensive back since he was drafted in the third-round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Texas and he found himself on the inactive list this past week for the Sunday game against the Baltimore Ravens.

During his Tuesday press conference, head coach Mike Tomlin was asked about his decision to dress cornerback Isaiah Green over Brown, who over the years has played well on special teams.

"I chose not to play Curtis, I played Isaiah Green," said Tomlin. "Curtis is a top-flight special teams player, but hasn't been playing that way over the course of the last several weeks."

Brown's downturn as a special teams player certainly doesn't help his future status with the team. He never has turned the proverbial corner as far as his development as a defensive back, so his time on the roster might be numbered at this point if he does not turn things around quickly.

Brown has played all of 85 snaps on defense for the Steelers since he was drafted.

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  • steeltown

    very interesting
    Bryan can you possibly do a breakdown of all the special teamers in regards to their snaps and overall production. I’d be interested to see just how productive guys like Shamarko Thomas, Terrance Garvin and Antwon Blake have been as well as guys like C.Brown and C.Carter

  • Jeff

    I know it has nothing to do with this article, but boy do I love watching the GIF of Polamalu jumping over the line of scrimmage on the opening page of Steelers Depot. It’s going to be a sad day when Troy’s gotta hang up the cleats.

  • Fire.Mike.Tomlin

    Wonder how much of it is him playing poorly vs others stepping up past expectations and taking ‘plays’ away from him?

  • Dr. Doom

    everyone in my section laughed it was so funny

  • Dr. Doom

    Did anyone see the Seahawks safety pancake the Cardinals right tackle.

  • dgh57

    No matter how this season ends up at least we’ll all be entertained! Love watching him play!

  • JohnnyV1

    Have Curtis Brown call DeMarcus Van Dyke to see how life is as a NFL CB who can’t play CB or special teams. No helmut for you!

  • Virdin Barzey

    He won’t be here next season and may not make it through the entire season this year.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Even in preseason my thoughts were that this is Curtis Browns last year whether he was still playing well on ST’s or not. The position IMO is between him and Blake with Blake looking at keeping his spot on the team.

  • treeher

    Too many Browns on the team anyway.

  • chris ward

    Curtis Brown has not lived up to expectations, but has proved to be a solid special teams player. Not good for Brown’s future if he can’t get a helmet for special teams.

  • Alan Felicia

    I know I’m going to sound like a Monday morning QB, but, Colbert drafted 2 Corners in the 3rd round (C. Brown) and 4th round (C. Allen) of the 2011 Draft yet overlooked (along with the rest of the League) Richard Sherman who was Seattle picked in the 5th round (#154 overall).

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    He wasn’t going to be re-signed anyway, this is just another nail in the coffin.

  • Mike.H

    Dave would have to #1 get permission first from God. And #2 from the woman cooking supper in the next room, his wife. :)

  • Mike.H

    and make a hard earn living @ Homedepot, grocers or barista.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Curtis Brown may be joining Redman soon….Its coming.

  • Luke Shabro

    Can we please have Alan Baxter back on the PS if they cut Curtis

  • Arthur Branch

    Not standing up for Colbert but Sherman only played one year at corner in college. There where also questions about his speed and he did not have natural corner back technique.

  • Madi

    How has Baxter been doing, wherever he is?

  • Riverstko

    He disappointed me i was so happy when we drafted him. What a bust!

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